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July 2014


From The Eponymous Pickle

July August Analytics Magazine

July August Analytics Magazine

July August 2014 Analytics MagazineWhy Do Analytics Projects Fail? by Haluk Demirkan and Bulent DalNot just another IT project: Key considerations for deep analytics on big data, learning and insights.Real-Time Text Analytics


From The Eponymous Pickle

Dysfunctional Teams and Healthy Ecosystems

Dysfunctional Teams and Healthy Ecosystems

In FastCompany: An interesting view.   Somewhat over segmented.  Have seen some of these examples.   It then suggests healthier ecosystems.  Good idea, but also harder to implement in many cultures.   Ans where are the rewards


From The Eponymous Pickle

Augmented Collaboration: Cisco Spring Roll

Augmented Collaboration: Cisco Spring Roll

Some of this discovered rather late, but Cisco provides new a prototype of collaboration features for its Telepresence brand.  Called Spring Roll.  Eweek discusses.  And a demonstration.  Collaborative and interactive sharing…


From Schneier on Security

Securing the Nest Thermostat

Securing the Nest Thermostat

A group of hackers are using a vulnerability in the Next thermostat to secure it against Nest's remote data collection....


From Computational Complexity

The Burden of Large Enrollments

This week I'm at the CRA Snowbird conference, the biennial meeting of CS chairs and other leaders in the field. In 2012 many of the discussion focused on MOOCS. This year the challenge facing most CS chairs are booming enrollments


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Potentially bogus freelancing advice

Potentially bogus freelancing advice

For nearly 20 years, I have been freelancing: selling my skills as a free agent. I do very little freelancing these days, but I still regularly give advice to students and colleagues. Is it wise? I let you be the judge: here


From The Eponymous Pickle

Data Analytics Ranked High in C-Suite

Data Analytics Ranked High in C-Suite

In Research Mag:     " ... 56% of consumer goods and retail business leaders cite data analytics as being important to their firm’s strategy, according to a recent survey.This makes it the highest-ranked strategic area in the


From Putting People First

Call to bring refugee-led innovation into humanitarian work

Call to bring refugee-led innovation into humanitarian work

The humanitarian sector must lift barriers to user-led innovation by refugee communities if it is to meet the challenges of an ever-changing world, says a new report, Humanitarian Innovation: The State of the Art, published by


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

One semi colon away from disaster

One semi colon away from disaster

At a recent workshop Alexander Repenning said that sometimes teaching programming is “one semi colon away from disaster.” How true that is. Minor syntax issues, especially when dealing with beginners, can make a program look

Last


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

Shifts In Algorithm Design

How to find approximate page rank fast, among other things Jennifer Chayes is the current director of a research lab in Cambridge—that is Cambridge Massachusetts—for a company called Microsoft. She is famous for her own work


From The Eponymous Pickle

Whats New in Social Science?

Whats New in Social Science?

Am a long time reader of The Edge.    So What's new in social science?   Pretty massive and have only peeked at it, but take your time ...." ...  Now, for the first time, we are pleased to present the program in its entirety,


From Schneier on Security

Fingerprinting Computers By Making Them Draw Images

Fingerprinting Computers By Making Them Draw Images

Here's a new way to identify individual computers over the Internet. The page instructs the browser to draw an image. Because each computer draws the image slightly differently, this can be used to uniquely identify each computer


From The Eponymous Pickle

IT as Creatives in the Enterprise

IT as Creatives in the Enterprise

In CIO:  How could this not be so?  An efficient means to gather data, pass it to the parts of the entperprise that need it the most and leverage it with continually evolving analytical techniques, available in and outside the


From The Eponymous Pickle

Simulating Cardiovascular Drugs

Simulating Cardiovascular Drugs

The idea of this kind of in-silico drug testing has been around for a long time, we worked briefly with an effort at the University of California San Diego in a related effort.    Simulation is a powerful capability, if you can


From The Eponymous Pickle

Facebook Buy Button Test

Facebook Buy Button Test

In Retailwire:  Will people buy directly on Facebook?  Possibly, but I have never see FB as a commercial context.   A test is underway.  " ... Users on desktop or mobile will be able to click the Buy call-to-action button on


From The Eponymous Pickle

High Resolution Flexible Display

High Resolution Flexible Display

Flexible screens continue to emerge.  We examined them for applications like advanced packaging and integrated shelf displays.  Its likely now that they will be used for wearable applications as well.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Watson and Academic Institutions

Watson and Academic Institutions

Have had some discussions on this concept.  There is considerable interest in academia, but the ideas have to be tied to course structure, AND be of real interest to hiring companies.  You have to work both sides of the knowledge


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Interesting Links 21 July 2014

Interesting Links 21 July 2014

What a week I had last week. The CSTA Annual Conference, the National CS Principles Summit and then the CSTA Board meeting. I need a rest. I tweeted a lot from the first two events. Not from the board meeting though because that


From The Eponymous Pickle

Project Adam AI for Visual Recognition

Project Adam AI for Visual Recognition

There is more going on in AI than just IBM's Watson, here more focused, addressing one of the most important tasks of sensory recognition.  In TechTimes:     See also comparisons to similar work by Google. " ... Microsoft isMicrosoft


From The Eponymous Pickle

Thinkvine and Damon Ragusa

Thinkvine and Damon Ragusa

Have followed Thinkvine here for some time, out enterprise connected with them and have touched base  number of times since their creation in 2000 by Damon Ragusa.     They have done some very novel  work integrating agent based


From The Eponymous Pickle

Lost Links

Lost Links

Received another query about links that no longer point to the information that they should.  This is a common thing on the Web.   Unless what you are pointing to is a entity that has the resources to maintain their content,'Internet


From BLOG@CACM

Human Subjects Research for the Twenty-First Century, or, What Can We Learn from the Facebook Mood Study?

Human Subjects Research for the Twenty-First Century, or, What Can We Learn from the Facebook Mood Study?

There is tremendous value to society in doing large-scale A/B studies, and the current framework we have for human subjects research is a poor match for the 21st century. Furthermore, the Facebook mood study is just one of many


From Putting People First

Baking behavioral nudges into the products we own

Baking behavioral nudges into the products we own

Maria Bezaitis, PhD and Principal Engineer of Intel’s User Experience Ethnographic Research Lab, discusses the Real World Web and how internet-enabled sensors will create new kinds of intimacies and engagements. “Commitment and


From The Eponymous Pickle

Wearables in the Enterprise

Wearables in the Enterprise

Will wearables be widespread in the enterprise?  Well not too many years ago I could not have imagined hand held computer-phones there.    An interview with Bill Briggs of Deloitte.  " ... Deloitte Digital, a mix of ‘ creative


From The Eponymous Pickle

Learning from Extreme Consumers

Learning from Extreme Consumers

In Experientia:  " ... Traditional market research methods focus on understanding the average experiences of average consumers. This focus leads to gaps in our knowledge of consumer behavior and often fails to uncover insights


From The Eponymous Pickle

Forbes Sells Majority Stake to International Investors

Forbes Sells Majority Stake to International Investors

This was of interest because I had a very small connection to Forbes.   'To accelerate growth they say ... '.  I liked their coverage of technical and management issues.  How this will change it is unclear.  ' ... Forbes Family


From Putting People First

[Book]: Nursing Research Using Ethnography

[Book]: Nursing Research Using Ethnography

Nursing Research Using Ethnography: Qualitative Designs and Methods in Nursing Mary De Chesnay, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC, FAAN (Editor) Pub. Date: 08/28/2014 372 pp., Softcover Springer [Amazon] Ethnography is a qualitative research


From Putting People First

Learning from extreme consumers

Learning from extreme consumers

Learning from Extreme Consumers by Jill Avery, Michael I. Norton Teaching Note, 9 pages, January 2014 Traditional market research methods focus on understanding the average experiences of average consumers. This focus leads to


From The Eponymous Pickle

On Neuroscience

On Neuroscience

Short BBC piece that barely covers the topic.  Less about mind reading than it is about behavior understanding in context.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Amazon Bundles

Amazon Bundles

Amazon is Bundling. It has been talked about and tested  for a while, and I received an offer yesterday.  To pay a fixed monthly price for full online access to any number of a group of 600K books.   It's called bundling, and

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